1. mod. wild; excellent. (Use caution with hell.)
What a hellacious good time we had!
Sally throws one hellacious party.
2. mod. terrible.
The food was just hellacious. Yuck!
The heat was hellacious, and the mosquitoes wouldn’t leave us alone.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • hellacious — adjective a) nasty, repellent b) remarkable, unbelievable, unusual See Also: hellaciously …   Wiktionary

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